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Geology Walk 2: West Runton west to Beeston Hill

Walk 2: Western ramble on West Runton beach and up Beeston Bump

By way of a change introduced for the 2013 season some of the Runton walks turn left and go on a longer ramble (3 miles) along the beach to Beeston Bump. Along the way we shall see the increasing style of glacial deformation as we go westwards, interpreted as moving towards the edge of a giant icesheet to the west. We shall also climb up the cliff (53 steps) and then up Beeston Hill and take in the vista of the Cromer Ridge, the highest topographic feature in the county Norfolk and another legacy of the Ice Age. Along the way she shall discuss glaciation, causes and effects; the Chalk and the formation of flint; the biodiversity of the near-shore 'Chalf reef'; Doggerland; far-travelled erratics; cliff erosion and more.

For meeting point SEE THE SECTION BELOW. There is a handout to accompany this walk. Here is a link to the field guide for the West Runton to Beeston section if you want a preview of the geology.

Geology Walks: date for Walk 2 at West Runton (west to Beeston Hill) in 2018

April 15SunWest Runton west to Beeston Hill1.30pm-4.15Beach + steps + hill climbEmail to book

These dates are provisional and should be confirmed when you make a booking. In the event of bad weather the leader will always turn up at the starting point.

Tickets and booking

Tickets are purchased on the day, £6.00 adults, £3.00 children and includes a b/w handout (which you can download in colour from this site). Booking is important.

Please use the email links in the table listing above to book your place (preferred method),
or for last minute bookings call

01263 513992 (or mobile 07887 389804)

and tell us your name, the date of the walk, how many walkers and your mobile number and email address. Your mobile number is only used to contact you in case of a last minute problem.

See below for the meeting place.


Please come adequately dressed. It's really important that you are well prepared.

The beach is rocky and wet in places, so please:

Do wrap up well; some people come without adequate coats and hats. It can be chilly on the beach, even in summer and we want you to enjoy yourself, not shiver.

Inclement weather

While the walks have a really remarkable record of getting fine weather, there is always the chance of a really bad day. I work on the principal that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing. We can still have fun, even in the rain. But if it really is that bad we can take a vote on what to do. In the event of bad weather the leader will always turn up at the starting point.


I love dogs but in my experience they don't understand geology. They can get bored and there are often other dogs on the beach to get them excited. Then they bark and I can't compete, so I recommend you don't bring them.

West Runton meeting place

For the West Runton walks (east and west) please assemble by the shelter at the bottom of Water Lane, West Runton (grid reference TG18504313). The cafe proprietor levies a small parking charge in the season. If there is no attendant, please purchase a parking ticket at the Seaview Cafe. Come at 1.15 for a 1.30pm start.

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